February 29, 2012 Subject:
!965 Parade Of Homes
A sponsor purchases a couple of hours on t.v. in 1965 to promote their annual... er, promotion- a "Parade of Homes". Your the station's news director and leading on-air personality, and you have to write, produce and narrate an hour about a brand new street, in a brand new neighborhood, every home brand new and empty... and for sale. But the houses haven't been built yet, and the broadcast time is nigh! This is what you get.
I think WBRC anchorman Harry Mabry did a pretty danged o.k. job, really. And it is classic...
December 17, 2002 Subject:
BIRMINGHAM NEVER HAD IT SO GOOD
(full movie) In this seemingly never-ending tribute, the 1965 parade of homes in Birmingham Alabama is showcased. More of a fawning of the architecture and building then the ACTUAL homes themselves, this film has a field day talking about the new concept of 'quiet homes'. Much emphasis on building materials such as gypsum, brick, wood and (yikes!) asbestos is featured. An interview with the past president of the Birmingham Home Builders is featured, which is interesting to hear for his accent alone. This is one peculiar film though, as it's focus on the foundation of building the homes rather then actual presentation of the finished product makes me wonder who the kinescope was actually made for. In the end, we see the near-finished homes themselves, but only fleetingly. Some are just shown the exterior while the narrator draws on about the 'up to the minute baths'. An interesting peculiarity, but not exactly a grippimng piece either.